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Feb 5, 2019
Property Watch: is the B.C. housing market on the ropes?
Steve Saretsky

As expected, the B.C. government forged ahead with its speculation and vacancy tax, which took effect on January 1. This politically controversial yet publicly supported levy will penalize foreigners who don’t pay income taxes and leave a home empty for...

Feb 5, 2019
5 most popular biz books from the week of January 28 to February 3
Munro’s Books

Best-selling business titles provided by Munro’s Books, 1108 Government Street, Victoria, B.C.

Feb 4, 2019
Canadian M&A markets remain strong amid uncertainty
Juan Rivera

Despite a turbulent year, the Canadian mergers and acquisitions market made a strong showing in 2018. Aggregate deal value surged 20 percent over 2017, while transaction volume gained 8 percent, according to PwC’s M&A Year in Review and 2019 Outlook. Fuelling that growth was an abundance...

Feb 4, 2019
Go Figure: Hacking the numbers around digital security
Melissa Edwards

As 1,000 policymakers gather in Victoria for the 20th annual Privacy and Security Conference from February 6 to 8, we look at how British Columbians are—and aren’t—thinking about what’s happening to their data

Feb 1, 2019
Top 5 finalists announced for 2019 Small Business BC Awards
Juan Rivera

New year, new award season. For the 16th year, Small Business BC is set to recognize the province’s top small companies in 10 different categories. Previously, the list containing the top 10 semi-finalists was released and, after reviewing each company’s presentation...

Jan 31, 2019
B.C. music biz keeps hitting high notes
Juan Rivera

B.C.’s music industry is rock ’n’ rolling. Given the wealth of musicians in and from the province, it’s no surprise that the sector is a major economic driver. Music BC, which advocates for the industry’s advancement, has compiled an official year in...

Jan 31, 2019
Big Fat Deal: $6 million to live a secret life in South Granville
Fiona Morrow

Address: 6858 Wiltshire Street, Vancouver Price: $5,980,000 Listing: R2335653 The skinny: Five-bedroom, six-bathroom, 5,143-square-foot house on a 9,497-square-foot lot in South Granville The bling: You’ve been looking for something nondescript, a little ugly even. The kind of house that doesn’t invite a second look, that quells...

Jan 31, 2019
Winners and losers in the Nanaimo byelection
Nathan Caddell

When New Democrat Leonard Krog resigned his seat in the provincial legislature on November 30 to run for mayor of Nanaimo, there was nervousness from his caucus, sure. After all, Krog’s party (along with the three BC Green Party members) held a slim majority over the BC Liberals. A byelection in his riding...

Jan 30, 2019
Industrial vacancy rate hits another historic low in Vancouver
By the Editors

You could see this coming. During the last quarter of 2018, the City of Vancouver’s industrial vacancy rate dropped again, from 1.7 to 1.4 percent, according to a new report from Los Angeles–based real estate services firm CBRE Group. The study, Vancouver Industrial Market Statistics, Trends and Projections, points out that industrial has never...

Jan 30, 2019
Advocating For Your Business

BCBusiness + Ashdown Capital It’s hardly news that businesses spend a lot of time and effort seeking financing from banking institutions, and up until the formation of Ashdown Capital, more often than not they had to settle for as good a deal as possible—if they were lucky enough to get one.

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